Carpet can turn any basement into a comfortable and inviting space, because it’s warmer than other flooring options and can provide a certain level of soundproofing.
Basement flooring presents a unique challenge with specific requirements that can change depending on how your basement is used, the type of conditions found in your home and basement, and also more typical factors such as style and budget. Unfinished basement floors are usually made from concrete slabs, which can be porous, cold, and often not very level. Many homeowners use basements as extensions of existing living spaces, for everything from a living room, an office, or a guest room, and there are many types of floors that work well in basements. It all depends on how you’re going to use the room. Since basements are below grade, there is always potential for moisture, humidity, and condensation exposure. The key elements required for selecting a flooring product for your basement are personal style, budget, and how the room will be used.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Basement Flooring
It's important for homeowners to consider a few important factors when selecting the best type of basement flooring for their space. Some items to keep in mind when selecting the right floor for your basement include:
- Moisture, humidity, and condensation levels
- Frequency of basement use
- Temperature changes
- Functionality vs. style
Carpet might be the right type of flooring for a basement with low moisture levels and used as a family room or entertainment space. More durable vinyl or laminate would be better for basement flooring if your basement experiences high moisture or greater temperature variance.
An Empire Today flooring professional can help you choose the right basement flooring. During your FREE In-Home Estimate, it’s never been easier to select floors to fit your home, budget, and lifestyle.
Great Options for Basement Flooring
Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood can be installed at any grade, even over concrete slab. If you want real wood floors in your basement, look no further.
Laminate flooring enables you to enjoy inviting wood visuals in basements for less than engineered hardwood. Laminate also includes a protective finish layer that can resist abrasions.
Vinyl tile is a cost-effective basement flooring option that provides moisture, soil and stain resistance.
Vinyl plank, a budget-friendly wood look floor, can provide excellent moisture, soil, and stain resistance in basements.
Sheet vinyl provides realistic tile, stone and wood visuals for your basement. Its comfort foam layer acts as a cushioning support and provides a more comfortable walking surface.
The best window treatment style for basements depends on what you use the room for and how much time you spend there.